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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing us to navigate unchartered waters. Fraud related to this outbreak is no exception. Get the latest headlines here to stay informed.

Is This Your Card?

COVID-19 shut down our world for nearly two years, but it opened a world of opportunity for fraudsters of all kinds. While vaccines were becoming required for active and reserve military members and for citizens attending activities like concerts and sporting events (because metal...

[Fraud Trends Series] Trend #4: Healthcare Fraud

While healthcare fraud has been around for a long time, the COVID-19 pandemic certainly opened up a Pandora’s Box of new scams. Using tried and true techniques, fraudsters managed to steal billions of dollars from U.S. healthcare insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid....

The Fraudster Behind the N-95 Mask

It’s hard to believe that more than two years has passed since COVID-19 uprooted life. The health crisis caused so many changes across every aspect of life and opened the door for fraudsters to take advantage of new, pandemic-related fraud opportunities. (Nothing shows empathy...

Bonding Behind Bars

A typical father-and-son activity might include watching sports, taking a hike, or throwing a ball around. Not so for Izzat Freitekh, 55, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, and son Tarik Freitekh, 33, of Glendale, Calif. They had a different idea of what constitutes a family-son...

Breathe a Little Easier     

The global effort to help fight COVID-19 spurred the development of human ingenuity and compassion for people who were critically ill. Scientists, companies, and even ordinary people contributed in different ways by making medical ventilators as quickly as possible to treat patients around the...

Bedazzled

Benjamin Tifekchian, 47, of Portland, Ore., was undoubtedly bedazzled by the thought of obtaining free money from the U.S. Government during the global COVID-19 pandemic. He used his jewelry business, Bencho Jewlery Inc. (Bencho), to illegally apply for and receive emergency financial assistance to...

Where the Heck is She?

There’s nothing more interesting than reading about fraudsters on the run. (They always think they can avoid the long arm of the law.) Tamara Dadyan, 42, of Los Angeles, Calif., and seven cronies stole $18 million in COVID-19 relief loans from the Paycheck Protection...

Dumb Luck

Becoming a day trader is not for those who are risk averse. To be successful, one must be disciplined, patient, knowledgeable about the stock market, and adaptable when trading strategies go wrong. (Oh, and you need a lot of money to get started, plus...

Feeling Justified

Trevor Gene Lanius-McLeod, 48, of Helena, Mont., thought he was justified in receiving $1 million in COVID-19 relief funds. When he filled out four applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans with the Valley Bank of Helena, he was certifying that everything he put...

Pandemic Duplicity

Covid-19 has been challenging, to say the least, for many people over the last two years. While some individuals have used these unfortunate circumstances to improve their lives, others have taken advantage of the unfortunate situation to boost their bank accounts. One such deceptive...
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